Amazon is continuing to push its media services worldwide after it expanded its Alexa smart speakers and its standalone Music Unlimited service to an additional 28 countries today.The company took its Prime Video service global a year ago and last month it rolled a Fire TV Stick for over 100 countries, but now the music component of its entertainment services -- which became a standalone service last year -- is getting a wider rollout to this new range of countries across South America and Europe.Initial markets for Echo and Music Unlimited include the U.S. and the UK, with India and Japan among others recently added.The streaming service covers more than 40 million tracks and it is available independently of Amazon's Prime package -- that's important because Prime isn't offered in most of these new markets.It works on iOS, Android, Web, Fire TV, PC and Mac.Features that Amazon hope can help it stand out from competitors like Spotify and Apple Music include input via Alexa, support for Amazon smart speakers, curated content and a family plan that supports up to six accounts.
On 7 December, Luke Dolan’s east London barbershop was abuzz with excitement.Behind the glass facade, several older men sat, chatted and enjoyed complimentary haircuts, with swing music playing in the background.Luke’s Barbershop was taking part in ShaveTheDay, where elderly men across the UK were treated to complimentary services in participating barbershops for one day only.The campaign was spearheaded by TABAC on behalf of Age UK to tackle an epidemic of loneliness among elderly men.The Geezers, a local group of men aged 50+ who meet each week to take part in social activities, took advantage of the free service.“It gives me something to do and look forward to,” one of The Geezers told HuffPost UK.
Social networks are constantly evolving, as are the dimensions for the images that populate them.MakeAWebsiteHub.com shared the infographic below, which provides up-to-date information on image sizes and types for:
Here’s an app you hopefully won’t need for long: AutoNotification lets you mark Gmail messages as read – without archiving them – straight from the Android notifications panel.That’s handy, because it’s often easy enough to scan an entire email right from an alert.Gmail’s Android app presently only lets you archive or reply to messages from the notification panel – neither of which may be useful to you for certain messages – so this app intercepts those alerts and displays a custom notification with the ‘read’ button on board.It works with multiple Gmail accounts, and you can add as many or as few of them as you like.It’s worth noting that this feature isn’t free: you can try it as part of a seven-day trial at no cost, but after that, you’ll need to pony up for either just this standalone functionality, or the whole raft of AutoNotification capabilities.In India, the Gmail feature cost me Rs.
According to security firm ProofPoint, attackers will continue to exploit us fragile and fallible humans to install malware, transfer funds, and steal information.Email will remain still be the most popular way to spread malware, but known vulnerabilities and leaked exploits will allow rapid spread to other systems on internal networks.Unlike the ransomworms of 2017, however, these new attacks will include increasingly sophisticated features that limit the spread to computers on the local network of the initial infection.Banking Trojans, information stealers, downloaders, and coinminers will be the preferred payloads for attacks focused on profit, while ransomware, MBR wipers, and other destructive tools will remain top dog for campaigns focused on disruption.In 2018, malware and phishing designed to steal cryptocurrency – either directly or indirectly – will become almost as common as banking Trojans in email-based campaigns, targeting wallets, credentials, cryptocurrency exchanges, and CPU cycles.And as the computational costs for the most popular currencies like Monero and Litecoin rise, and make generation by distributed bots impractical, attackers will shift to alternatives such as Ethereum and even some "private-issue" coins that gain traction with the public.
A couple of days ago, Qualcomm and Microsoft announced they were collaborating on a category of computer called the ‘Always Connected PC.’ In other words, a PC that behaves more like a smartphone.For comparison most Windows Ultrabooks are in the 12-hour range.In particular, the company is partnering with Qualcomm, which makes the processing platform used in the vast majority of Android devices, including the Snapdragon 835 in the Galaxy S8/Note 8 (in the US), the Pixel 2, the OnePlus 5, the LG V30, etc.It’s possible the company might work with other ARM partners in the future, but Qualcomm is getting the first go at it.How is that different from existing PCs with cellular connectivity?The smaller and more efficient processors allow for bigger batteries with lower power drainage; think of how powerful and efficient our smartphones are.
Goldman Sachs will clear bitcoin futures trading for some of its clients, Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.The derivatives, which allow traders to bet on the cryptocurrency's price without buying the underlying asset, will be offered by the Cboe Futures Exchange and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.According to Bloomberg, Goldman will not act as a market-maker for bitcoin and will decide who gets to trade the derivatives on a case-by-case basis.Goldman CEO Lloyd Blankfein said last week that it was too early for the firm to have a bitcoin strategy."Something that moves up and down 20 percent in a day doesn’t feel like a currency, doesn’t feel like a store of value,” Blankfein told Bloomberg TV.The Wall Street Journal reported Goldman's decision earlier on Thursday, adding that Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Citigroup, and the Royal Bank of Canada are telling customers that they won't have access when futures trading goes live.
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CrossCut Ventures is announcing it has raised $125 million for its fourth seed fund.The Los Angeles fund will invest in a wide variety of startups, ranging from software-as-a-service to games and esports companies.Brian Garrett, cofounder and managing director, said in an interview with VentureBeat that new fund is a testament to CrossCut’s success in funding Los Angeles startups for the past nine years.The partners targeted a raise of $100 million, and actually hit the limit of $125 million with strong support from institutional investors.That’s a lot of money that will be earmarked primarily for “Silicon Beach” startups in the growing tech region of Los Angeles.Garrett said the company has four managing directors who focus on distinct areas and take a “founder first” approach to working with companies.
I love to learn about all the latest and greatest tech innovations alongside my work as a software developer at Raygun.While pushing forward with new software technology is great, we might not even have gotten the basics right yet.This morning I was in a hair’s breadth of smashing my phone against the wall of the train carriage as I commuted to work, growing increasingly angry as my email app decided to crash persistently.All before abandoning a news article due to the page load time hanging on for well over seven seconds.Errors, crashes, UI glitches, slow loading pages and bugs are not only resigned to small startups either.Banks, Fortune 100 companies, and massive tech organizations who you would think have the money and resources to ship the best quality products and have fully laden testing teams at their disposal are some of the worst offenders.
NASA's Terra satellite passed over the Arabian Sea on Dec. 4 and found Tropical Cyclone Ockhi moving north as desert dust pushed into the region north of the storm.The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer or MODIS instrument aboard NASA's Terra satellite provided a visible image of Ockhi on Dec. 4 at 1:20 a.m. EST (0620 UTC).Satellite imagery shows thunderstorms were being pushed to the northeast into the leading edge of an approaching trough (elongated area) of low pressure from the west.That vertical wind shear that's causing the displacement has been increasing as the tropical cyclone moves north.At 11 a.m. EST (1500 UTC) the center of Tropical Cyclone Ockhi was located near 15.7 degrees north latitude and 69.1 degrees east longitude.That's about 1,367 nautical miles west of Diego Garcia.
“If something goes wrong, I can just chop off that part of the skin.”Josiah Zayner took a swig from his beer and squinted into the spotlight.“Everything you’re going to hear today is me to the core.”Zayner’s audience sat in the fashionably decaying ballroom of an old garbage collectors’ social club in Oakland, California.You build atomic bombs, you wage war, you murder, cheat, lie to us and try to make us believe it’s for our own good, yet we’re the criminals.”At the time, no one had actually called him a criminal, but months later, a warning issued by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would give his reading more meaning.
In the last year, members of the government have accused the Black Lives Matter organization of being a terrorist organization, calling those associated with it “Black Identity Extremists.” An August FBI report, called “Black Identity Extremists Likely Motivated to Target Law Enforcement Officers,” broadly categorized black activists as a threat to national security.Patrisse Cullors, a co-founder of Black Lives Matter, described it to TechCrunch as COINTELPRO 2.0.COINTELPRO was a federal surveillance program that targeted civil rights leaders like Rev.Martin Luther King, Jr. and members of the Black Panther Party.“The unfortunate reality is black folks during the 50s, 60s, 70s didn’t have social media.For example, LA’s Black Lives Matter chapter is currently taking on the district attorney, who has yet to prosecute a single officer for the murder of black residents.
Fights tended to drag out long after it seemed a knockout had been earned, and there was little threat of a match turning sideways for playing recklessly.But the cumbersome nature of executing these moves feels out of place amongst the otherwise greatly enhanced fight mechanics.Given the comparatively small pool of “players” to collect, though, it doesn’t have the same luster here.Punches, kicks, and grapples can all increase your fighter’s chemistry, and provide a tactical advantage when used.Its emphasis on knowing when to take calculated risks leads to visceral fights that can change trajectory with one big strike.Consoles, even with modern conveniences like patches and software updates, plug-and-play for the most part.
Lego can be quite expensive, but it is a cool toy for kids to play with.If you'd rather not have them mucking about with pricey sets and losing pieces to the depths of the sofa (or cracks in the floor), then you might want to check out Lego's new AR app.Lego AR Studio (for iOS) lets kids play with virtual versions of the most popular sets Lego makes.Not only can they be laid over real world environments, as is the AR way, they can also interact with actual real Lego sets that you might have lying around.Only a handful of sets are included right now, including the Lego City police and fire stations, the Lego City train set, plus the Green dragon, Cole's mech, and Destiny's Bounty from the Lego Ninjago Movie range.As you can see in the video, the virtual sets are animated and you can take screenshots or record video clips to show off what you've been up to.
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNET: Whether you love to add a little sparkle to your skin, or you think glitter truly is the herpes of the craft world (once it's on you, it never comes off), some scientists are now claiming that glitter is a hazard to the environment.Glitter, along with microbeads, are considered to fall under the category of microplastics, which are defined as plastics which are less than five millimeters in length.Microbeads are often found in facial scrubs, toothpaste, soaps, cosmetics and more.These microbeads pass through water filtration systems after usage but don't disintegrate, and often end up being consumed by marine life, causing concern among scientists keeping a close eye on how pollution effects fish."I think all glitter should be banned, because it's microplastic," Dr. Trisia Farrelly of New Zealand's Massey University told the Independent.Historically, glitter was made from mica rock particles, glass and even crushed beetles.
Believe it or not, December begins in just two days.Though it might seem like November passed by in a blur, there is one upside to the end of the month getting here quickly: it’s almost time for a fresh batch of PlayStation Plus games.Sony unveiled what’s next for PS Plus members on PS4, PS3, and PS Vita today, and the list of free games includes one title most of you will probably be familiar with.First up on PlayStation 4 is Darksiders 2: Deathinitive Edition.Though Darksiders 2 was originally an Xbox 360 and PS3 game, the Deathinitive Edition updates the visuals and packages in all the DLC for modern consoles.This is a good time to check out the Darksiders series if you haven’t already, as Darksiders 3 will be launching sometime next year.
All of the hyper-scale cloud providers love to tout their new customer acquisitions: Google talking about Spotify; Microsoft signing up various Adobe services for Azure; or AWS working with the likes of GE.That’s a sign of how competitive this market is, despite AWS’s continuing market share leadership.At its annual re:Invent conference in Las Vegas, Amazon’s cloud service today announced that Turner, Time-Warner’s entertainment, sports and news company, is making AWS its preferred cloud provider.Turner’s brands and partners include channels like TBS, TNT, Cartoon Network, CNN and Adult Swim.Turner says that it is bringing “decades of content” to the AWS cloud, including CNN’s 15-petabyte video archive.The company is also moving thousands of virtual machines to AWS and expects to use a wide range of Amazon’s AI technologies to better analyze and extract video metadata to offer its viewers enhanced personalized experiences and, of course, to help its advertisers, content creators and analysts better understand viewing trends (the emphasis here is probably on the advertisers).
Businesses want cloud-style IT, HPE declared as it pushed out GreenLake on-premises everything-as-a-service models – an evolution of its Flex Capacity pay-per-use infrastructure.It's not the first time someone has punted the private cloud-as-a-service (PCaaS) concept, of course.IBM had its Box Panel, acquired through buying Blue Box, as well as the SoftLayer scheme in late 2015, with on-premises infrastructure managed through Box software and SoftLayer.It's called IBM Cloud Private now, uses OpenStack and focuses on containerization.Rackspace, meanwhile, has its OpenStack PCaaS, described in a blog here, and which appears to underpin HPE's GreenLake PCaaS.HPE is aiming to ride the shift from capex to opex that's taking place as businesses look to consume more IT services cloud-style instead of owning and operating IT gear outright.
Scientists are discovering how the sticky air lingering above deep fryers could fuel more clouds.Over a city like London, fatty acid molecules make up about 10% of the fine particulates in the air.Thanksgiving revelers who deep fried their turkeys may have had a measurable effect on more than just their scales.According to a team of European researchers, the use of deep fryers could be making cities cloudier.Research released Thanksgiving day in the journal Nature Communications details how fatty acids that get released into the air when food is fried coat the surface of particles in the atmosphere, making them better ingredients for cloud cover.Triglycerides and fatty acids released into the atmosphere from frying form complex, 3-D crystalline molecular structures.